New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has introduced a new traffic camera that will allow motorists to avoid the costly and often lengthy legal process of proving their innocence by recording the events that lead up to a traffic citation.
The cameras, which will be installed on over 2.2 million vehicles, are designed to reduce the risk of false convictions and allow for the collection of data on traffic infractions that could otherwise be ignored.
“Our traffic camera program is one of the most important ways to address safety in New York City, and the new traffic cameras will make our roads safer for everyone,” said Chris Stapleton, NYSDOT director.
“This program is an important step toward improving safety for New Yorkers and all New Yorkers.”
The cameras will allow drivers to record the events leading up to the citation, and will automatically notify the New York state police if the driver refuses to provide video footage or refuse to submit to roadside testing.
Drivers who do not agree to the program will be issued a summons for failing to appear in court.
Drivers caught with their cameras running will be notified by the NYPD within two days.
The NYSDOTS website details the requirements for participating in the program.
If a driver refuses or fails to comply with the law, the NYPD will initiate criminal prosecution, and if the citation is still issued the driver could face a maximum fine of $1,000.
“We’ve been very pleased with the way our traffic cameras are being implemented,” said NYSDOST Director Staperton.
“These cameras are a very cost effective way to reduce traffic violations and reduce traffic deaths, which have already been a priority for the state.”
New York has some of the highest rates of traffic deaths in the country, and some of these incidents can be attributed to the fact that New Yorkers are often unaware of the requirements that go into the issuance of tickets.
The NYPD’s new program will help them reduce the likelihood that a ticket will be served, which can save lives.
The New York Traffic Department’s new Traffic Cameras project will provide more transparency to New Yorkers about the laws that go beyond simple ticketing and will enable New Yorkers to understand how their actions affect traffic safety.
New York will be the first state to launch the program and it is expected to roll out across the entire state by the end of 2017.
A copy of the program can be found here.
Image credit: New York Department of Motor Vehicles